June 2016

Just the one!

By | June 7th, 2016|Blog|

It’s always interesting reading through the BBC website and I recently came across a story from Scotland where a sheriff warned motorists that one drink can put them over the legal limit in Scotland. It followed two cases at Dumfries Sheriff Court where the drivers involved claimed they had consumed just one pint.  They were [...]

May 2016

Snow in May – Do you have a plan for it?

By | May 22nd, 2016|Blog|

We all know the weather these days can be unpredictable.  In the last few weeks we have seen the complete spectrum from sun, hail, wind and snow in the space of just a few hours. Weather forecasters recently issued further warnings for snow in parts of Scotland as a dip in April temperatures continues. When [...]

Would you tell one of your employees they had a fat arse?

By | May 15th, 2016|Blog|

We all know cycling as a sport is surrounded by a vast amount of controversy, which usually involves various allegations concerning riders taking some sort of performance enhancing drugs.  It’s fair to say that the Tour de France is the usual ring-leader here.  However with the Olympics on the horizon and the Tour stating in [...]

April 2016

You can’t do that!! Demystifying more common HR myths

By | April 25th, 2016|Blog|

In this second article our resident guest blogger, Mara Thorne puts the record straight about three more common HR myths of employment law and management practice about what employers can and cannot do, this time looking at bank holidays, dismissal during sickness absence and misconduct during the notice period. 1.   Everybody is entitled to the [...]

How to get out of an HR pickle

By | April 17th, 2016|Uncategorized|

  In an ideal world, we’d never have to worry about firefighting people issues within our businesses.  We’d have perfectly crafted policies, highly skilled line managers, and an engaged workforce with individuals who are passionate about helping our operations to reach their full potential. Of course though, things don’t always quite work out this way. [...]

March 2016

What does your staff handbook say about you?

By | March 30th, 2016|Blog|

  Over the last few months we seem to have spent an inordinate amount of time reviewing, rewriting and replacing staff handbook content for a number of our clients. One thing that always impresses us is those businesses who take the time to make sure their handbook has the same ‘tone of voice’ as the business.  [...]

What happened to those New Year resolutions?

By | March 21st, 2016|Blog|

According to research by BUPA, 66% of people admit to breaking their new year resolutions before January has even drawn to a close.  Call us skeptical, but it’s important to note here that the figure only represents those who were brave enough to admit it.  It would be easy to argue that whether it’s weight [...]

How to avoid costly legal action against your business

By | March 14th, 2016|Blog|

As an HR consultant, you often find yourself having in-depth conversations about how business owners can avoid legal action.  Of course, we offer services that go way beyond this.  We can help to boost your profits, create a happier and more productive workforce, and achieve your big strategic goals. Still though, steering clear of expensive [...]

Four strategies for reducing absenteeism

By | March 6th, 2016|Blog|

According to research by PwC, the annual cost of sickness absence has rocketed to £29 billion for UK organisations.  Simply put, your staff are calling in sick, and it’s having a severe impact on your bottom line.  If you want to mitigate the impact, it’s time to think about how you can nip the problem [...]

February 2016

Your guide to minimising conflict in a family business

By | February 29th, 2016|Blog|

Being part of a family business can seem like a dream come true for many people.  The opportunity to work alongside your nearest and dearest to pursue your goals and create financial independence is something that can have huge appeal, so it’s no surprise that Harvard Business School has reported that family firms account for [...]